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Pastor Jeffery Johnson reciting Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech. (Euclid Williams)

Let Freedom Ring!

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 22, 2020—My husband Ed and I just returned from a celebration of Black History Month, and that phrase from Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech is still ringing in my ears. It resonates as well with the Negro National Anthem “Lift Every […]

by February 23, 2020 Commentary, News
Locust plague 2020

End Locust Plagues: Transform the Desert

( Proponents of the American System of Economics, from Alexander Hamilton through FDR, insisted upon investing in constantly improving technologies in order to improve productivity and conditions of life for the population. Indeed, FDR himself called for “greening the deserts” of Africa in the wake of the Second World War, […]

by February 20, 2020 Commentary, News
Speaking at Rust Library to a good crowd on Feb. 15.

It’s Been a Pretty Good Year

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 16, 2020—My book, Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System, was published on Feb. 15, 2019. As I look back, it’s been a pretty good year. As those of you who read this blog know, I intended this book to be a […]

by February 16, 2020 Commentary
Andrew Hamilton arguing for Zenger's freedom

Hamilton’s Fight for the Truth Standard

By Nancy Spannaus February 14, 2020—Long before I encountered Alexander Hamilton’s American System of political economy, I came upon another uniquely American republican tradition: the demand for truth as a standard in law and journalism. I refer to the case of John Peter Zenger, a New York editor who was thrown […]

by February 13, 2020 Commentary, History
The Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

At the Lincoln Memorial February 12

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 13, 2020—Yesterday my husband and I attended the commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at the Lincoln Memorial for the third year in a row. The hour-long ceremony is hosted by the National Park Service and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States […]

by February 13, 2020 History, News
Speaking at the Byrd Center next to the big screen.

A Lively Exchange in Shepherdstown

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 6, 2020—My presentation of Hamilton Versus Wall Street at the Byrd Center for Congressional Education and Education at Shepherd University last night led to a lively exchange with the nearly 50 participants. This was the kind of discussion which conscientious citizens should be having all over […]

by February 6, 2020 Founders, News
A depiction of the Stamp Act Congress

Stamp Act Resistance Spurs Anti-Slavery Fight

Part 2 of The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery: 1765-1767 (For Part 1, click here ) By Colin Lowry In early January of 1765, Prime Minister George Grenville was determined to whip the American colonies into complete dependence on Britain, and he devised the Stamp Act in an effort to […]

by February 6, 2020 History, Slavery
Crude suicide rates in the United States

Congress Fiddles While Deaths of Despair Mount

New Fatalities Loom as Global Epidemic Spreads “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. […]

by February 2, 2020 Infrastructure, News
A naval battle in the War of 1812.

Economic Nationalism and the War of 1812

(The following article was published on January 29, 2020 on TransAtlantico, an Italian news and analysis online service on economics and geopolitical issues. It is reprinted with permission by the author.) Economic Nationalism and the War of 1812 by Andrew Spannaus* Essay originally published in War Hawks. Gli Stati Uniti e […]

by January 30, 2020 History, Manufacturing
A partial picture of the book Hamilton Versus Wall Street.

Challenging Myths about Hamilton in Shepherdstown

Jan. 30, 2020—The Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education at Shepherd University will host a book talk by Nancy Bradeen Spannaus, author of Hamilton versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The doors will open at 6:30 pm […]

by January 30, 2020 News